Monday afternoon we had your final IEP meeting before Kindergarten next year. It was a chance to meet with all your current therapists and hear how the past year had progressed. Everyone was there to brag on you, Ry! Becky and Becky and Brenda and Jessie and Pete… and even Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Karen for next year. Mom and Dad… and everyone. We all came.
As much as we focus on details- numbers and charts and progress and scales and standard deviations- I will leave those to your official files. Let me tell you that in a year’s time, you are now age-level (and sometime ABOVE average!) in your gross motor skills! Well, in everything but ball throwing… but that’s genetic. Sorry.
A year ago, you were barely on the charts. And what’s important is not that you can run and swing and jump… but that your body can do it without so much agonizing effort. That you can (usually) catch yourself before you fall. That you can run and keep up with the boys… and lawnmower. That your body is not fighting itself AS MUCH as it was last year. The gap- that huge chasm of difference- is slowly closing. Because once Gross Motor closes, next comes Fine Motor. And once Fine Motor gets more under control, then comes Speech. And once Speech comes, Emotions. And after all that, Disneyland and basic world domination.
We’ll take it.
Kindergarten here we come.